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Definition of barrel:

  1. A jar.
  2. A metallic tube, as of a gun, from which a projectile is discharged.
  3. A round vessel or cask, of greater length than breadth, and bulging in the middle, made of staves bound with hoops, and having flat ends or heads.
  4. A solid drum, or a hollow cylinder or case; as, the barrel of a windlass; the barrel of a watch, within which the spring is coiled.
  5. The hollow basal part of a feather.
  6. The quantity which constitutes a full barrel. This varies for different articles and also in different places for the same article, being regulated by custom or by law. A barrel of wine is 31 gallons; a barrel of flour is 196 pounds.
  7. To put or to pack in a barrel or barrels.


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